The Starter Wife

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The Starter Wife
The Starter Wife-Cast.jpg
Premiere May 31, 2007
Finale December 12, 2008
Creator Josann McGibbon
Sara Parriott
Gigi Levangie Grazer (book)
Network USA
Style 60-minute comedic drama
Company Hay Pop Productions
3 Arts Entertainment
McGibbons/Parriott Productions
NBC Universal Television Studio
(season 1 / miniseries)
Universal Media Studios
(season 2)
Seasons 2
Episodes 16
Origin USA

The Starter Wife is a comedic drama that aired on USA. Although originally conceived as a miniseries, the massive acclaim and 10 Emmy nominations caused the network to extend it into a full series. On February 12, 2009 USA announced that they would not be ordering another season.



Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
Debra Messing Molly Kagan 1 2
Miranda Otto Cricket Stewart 1
Judy Davis Joan McCallister 1 2
Joe Mantegna Lou Manahan 1 2
Anika Noni Rose Lavender 1
Peter Jacobson Kenny Kagan 1
David Alan Basche 2
Stephen Moyer Sam 1
Aden Young Jorge Stewart 1
Chris Diamantopoulos Rodney 1 2
Danielle Nicolet Liz Marsh 2
Bethany Whitmore Jaden Kagan 1
Brielle Barbusca 2
Hart Bochner Zach 2


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One: Referred to as a "miniseries" May 31, 2007 June 28, 2007 6
Season Two: Referred to as Season One October 10, 2008 December 12, 2008 10


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Starter Wife
Season One
September 11, 2007 2


Season 1
Season Two
March 10, 2009 2


External Sites